Business Council offers training for community assistance grant programs

August 1, 2012

The Wyoming Business Council is offering a public training session for those interested in learning more about the Business Ready Community (BRC), Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program (CFP), and Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).

The training will provide insight into the application process; will discuss the new BRC Planning Grant program and application process; and will allow time for personal consultation with Business Council staff on economic development projects.

The training is free and open to the public.  It will take place Aug. 21, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Park County Courthouse in Cody, Wyo., located at 1002 Sheridan Ave.

The training agenda:

9–9:10 a.m.                 Introduction, Leah Bruscino, Business Council North West regional director

9:10–10:15 a.m.          CDBG Training, Sandy Quinlan, CDBG program manager

10:15-10:30 a.m.         Break

10:30 a.m. –12 p.m.    CFP, BRC Training, Dave Simonsen, BRC/CFP program manager

12–1:30 p.m.               Question and Answer Session

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.          Project Review – Personal discussion of potential future projects with the program managers

To register for the training, please contact Sandy Quinlan, CDBG program manager at the Business Council at 307.777.2825 or Or go to for more information and registration. 

The Business Ready Community program provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and promotes economic development within Wyoming communities. Cities, towns, counties, joint powers boards and both Tribes are eligible to apply for funding. Public infrastructure that is eligible for funding includes water; sewer; streets and roads; airports; rights of way; telecommunications; land; spec buildings; amenities within a business park, industrial park, industrial site or business district; landscaping, recreation and educational facilities; and other physical projects in support of primary economic and educational development.  For more information, visit

The purpose of the Community Facilities Program is to assist communities with grant and loan funding to construct local enhancements to a school building or facility or preserve former school and government facilities that have existing or future community uses. All projects must be related to economic development or quality of life enhancement. Facilities may be space for community gatherings and functions, recreational, swimming and athletic facilities for community members, particularly youth.  For more information, visit

The Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded pass through grant program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Business Council is Wyoming’s designated agency for administering the program.  For more information, visit

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit


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